Hot Air Balloon Cookies

Take a light-hearted approach to refrigerated cookie dough with these charming designs, decorated with powdered sugar icing.

  • prep time 1 hr 30 min
  • total time
  • ingredients 7
  • servings 24

Ingredients

Cookies

1/2
cup all-purpose flour
1
(18-oz.) roll Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Sugar Cookies

Glaze

4
cups powdered sugar
1
tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
5
to 6 tablespoons milk
4
assorted food colors
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of the flour onto work surface. Cut roll of cookie dough in half; refrigerate one half. Coat both sides of remaining half with flour. Roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness, using additional flour as needed to prevent sticking.
  • 2 Cut dough with hot air balloon-shaped cookie cutter dipped in flour, or draw a pattern on paper, cut it out and place on dough; cut around pattern with sharp knife. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Repeat with remaining flour and half of dough.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Cool 10 minutes or until completely cooled.
  • 4 In large bowl, combine powdered sugar, corn syrup, almond extract and enough milk for a firm, spreadable glaze consistency; blend until smooth. Divide glaze into 4 small bowls. Color each part with a few drops food color; blend well. Place each color glaze in pint-sized resealable plastic bag. Cut tiny hole in bottom corner of each bag.
  • 5 To decorate balloon part of each cookie, pipe 1 color at a time onto all cookies, smoothing piped area with tip of bag. Repeat with 2 glaze colors. Use fourth color glaze to make ropes and decorate basket at bottom of each cookie. (See photo.) Let stand about 1 hour or until glaze is set. Store in tightly covered container, separating layers with waxed or parchment paper.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Cookie
    Calories
    180
    (
    Calories from Fat
    25),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    3g
    3%
    (Saturated Fat
    1g,
    1%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    0mg
    0%;
    Sodium
    75mg
    75%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    37g
    37%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    29g
    29%
    ),
    Protein
    1g
    1%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    0%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    0%;
    Iron
    2%;
    Exchanges:
    1/2 Starch; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    2 1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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